Opening Ceremonies kick off Championships

By Chris Freud VAIL — If the Opening Ceremonies are any indication of how the rest of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will play out, we’re in for quite a show. Amid a Super Bowl halftime show-type atmosphere, copious fireworks, free swag giveaways, a large marching band, jook dancing and a multitude of speeches […]

Sticking to tech, Shiffrin ‘well-prepared’ for Worlds

By Chris Freud AVON — Mikaela Shiffrin, in spite of setting her sights on adding super-G to her repertoire earlier this season, is going to stick with what she knows during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The 19-year-old Olympic gold medalist and hometown hero is more than ready to compete in the giant slalom […]

Vonn arrives; ties for fourth in training

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — Elvis is officially in the building, or on the slopes. Pick your cliche. Lindsey Vonn, the current downhill and super-G World Cup leader who doubtless hopes to leave her imprint of the 2015 FIS Alpine Worlds Ski Championships, tied for fourth with Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter during Monday’s windy downhill […]

American Cook tops the field in training

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — After a two-and-a-half hour start delay, the first event of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships got underway in strong, swirling wind at Beaver Creek on Monday. Four inches of fresh snow greeted the women for their first downhill training run, which was pushed back from its original […]

Let the Championships begin: It’s the women’s super-G race

By Chris Freud OK, here we go, people. The first race of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is the women’s super-G at 11 a.m., and we really couldn’t ask for a better opening act. The first question on everyone’s mind is, “Can Lindsey really do it?” Vonn (Bib No. 18) looked sharp in […]

Let the Worlds begin: It’s women’s super-G

By Chris Freud OK, here we go, people. The first race of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is the women’s super-G at 11 a.m., and we really couldn’t ask for a better opening act. The first question on everyone’s mind is, “Can Lindsey really do it?” Vonn (Bib No. 18) looked sharp in […]

Ceil Folz: ‘We think it’s going to be great’

By Randy Wyrick BEAVER CREEK — Ceil Folz grinned the grin of the well prepared Monday afternoon. “It feels like our countdown clocks just burned up,” Folz said. Folz is president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the World Championships organizing committee. The journey that began in June 2010 is done. “We’re proud […]

Monday’s training results

By Chris Freud 1 COOK Stacey USA 1:48.16 2 GUT Lara SUI 1:48.25 2 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild NOR 1:48.25 4 VONN Lindsey USA 1:48.78 4 SUTER Fabienne SUI 1:48.78 6 WEIRATHER Tina LIE 1:48.96 7 ROSS Laurenne 1:49.10 8 MAZE Tina SLO 1:49.34 9 HOSP Nicole AUT 1:49.41 10 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole AUT 1:49.52 11 FENNINGER Anna […]

American men: Bode optimistic, Ted realistic

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — As the 2015 FIS-Alpine World Ski Championships were beginning on Monday, one question was on the minds of ski racing fans across the globe. Will Bode Miller race? In a short press conference Monday, Miller did his best to quell the curiosity. “I’m here and ready to race,” Miller […]

Monday’s training results

By Chris Freud 1 COOK Stacey USA 1:48.16 2 GUT Lara SUI 1:48.25 2 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild NOR 1:48.25 4 VONN Lindsey USA 1:48.78 4 SUTER Fabienne SUI 1:48.78 6 WEIRATHER Tina LIE 1:48.96 7 ROSS Laurenne 1:49.10 8 MAZE Tina SLO 1:49.34 9 HOSP Nicole AUT 1:49.41 10 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole AUT 1:49.52 11 FENNINGER Anna […]